Date: 7th & 8th November, 2015 Location: 7th & 8th November, 2015 We’ve reported from the Dutch Pinball Open (DPO) for many years, but last year was the first time it had transformed into the DPO Expo. The name change coincided with its expansion from being mainly about the tournament through the addition of a guest speaker and the showing of several new pinball titles from manufacturers in the US and the Netherlands. This year the ‘Expo’ element of the name returned for 2015, as did the show to the De Voorste Venne, the former automobile museum in Drunen, southeast of Rotterdam. De Voorste Venne in Drunen The DPO Expo can be roughly divided into three distinct areas. On the left as you enter the building is the main games hall where free-play games and vendors were situated. On the right is the theatre where seminars and the final rounds of the main tournament took place. Finally, a separate building on the right as you enter the courtyard above housed the games for the main tournament’s qualifying round, and the women’s and junior tournaments. The home of the various tournaments Let’s take a look around. As you entered the main hall, the registration desk awaited you. Register here to pay your entry, and collect your wristband and/or player badge Entry into the main DPO tournament and access to the rest of the show cost €42.50 ($45.50/£30.10) per person. Reduced prices applied to youngsters as well as those not taking part in the tournament. No pre-registration for the DPO was needed, although doing so got you a printed badge rather than a hand-written one. The DPO Expo is organised by members of the Dutch Pinball Association (Nederlandse Flippervereniging or NFV), and the Association was selling pinball T-shirts, books, magazines, flyers, manuals and more on the adjacent tables. Pinball T-shirts from the NFV Assorted pinball goodies Books, magazines, mugs, mouse pads, and more The next area featured the six machines used for the Classic Tournament. The Classics Tournament area We’ll come to the tournaments a little later in this report, but right next to the Classic Tournament area was the bar and kitchen area. The DPO Expo is one of those shows where it is quite acceptable to take your drink into the free-play area. The bar Due to licensing restrictions, purchases needed to be made using €2 tokens. Beer, wine and soft drinks were available at the bar The price list Alternative drinks and snacks Tea and coffee were also available at a separate counter. Coffee and tea Then we come to the main hall which contained the free-play and vendor area. The main hall On the far left was a lane with pinballs left and right. There was no discernible theme or design to how the free-play machines were arranged in the hall, so you’re quite likely find a late seventies solid-state machine side-by-side with recent Stern titles. The first rows of machines An elevated view of the machines Backing onto these were more machines and the first vendor display. The next row of pins This same row also contained the first vendor stand Somewhere behind there is Andrew Heighway with his team from Heighway Pinball showing their Full Throttle games The machine on the right featured the new large backbox display Alongside the Heighway Pinball stand was the large selection of the latest Stern and Jersey Jack machines from Ministry of Pinball. The front of the Ministry of Pinball stand Visitors enjoying Game of Thrones, Kiss, The Walking Dead and The Wizard of Oz Backing on to these were four more machines and Ministry of Pinball’s merchandise stand. X-Men LE, Star Trek LE, Medieval Madness remake and AC/DC LE Pinball merchandise Next we have Medieval Castle – a game based on Medieval Madness software but with a new multi-level playfield design and art package created by Wil Angenent. Medieval Castle was for display only and couldn’t be played yet Returning to the centre of the hall, Dutch Pinball had a display of five pre-production The Big Lebowski games – complete with rugs, naturally – and a Bride of Pinbot 2.0. Dutch Pinball’s machines The five The Big Lebowskis were ‘pre-production samples’, which means they were built by the factory which will be making the production machines, but still have a few adjustments needed to fine-tune them before they are production-ready. Another row of free-play machines backed on the Dutch Pinball line-up. The next row of free-play games Three more vendors had stands running along the back wall of the hall, starting with Mirco Stefan’s High Class Pinballs. The High Class Pinballs stand Mirco makes the playfields for Jersey Jack Pinball as well as a range of reproduction Williams/Bally playfields, and visitors could buy new playfields for all these titles. A playfield for The Hobbit marked for ‘decoration only’ The Hobbit cabinet side art and playfields for The Wizard of Oz, Medieval Madness and Cactus Canyon LED4Pin had a colourful stand showcasing their LED lighting products, as well as selling plastic protectors and replacement playfield parts. The LED4Pin stand Taking centre-stage on the LED4Pins stand was a chrome and brushed stainless steel Terminator 2 game, with full LED lighting. Terminator 2, Chrome Edition Squeezed in at the end of the row was a booth promoting the new pinball documentary Same Player Shoots Again. The Same Player Shoots Again stand The DVD of the documentary is about to be released and will cost €15.00 plus shipping through the pinball-dvd.com site. The rows of free-play machines continued to a seating area where food purchased from the kitchen could be consumed. Trays of potato fries, frikandel hot dogs, and krokets in bread rolls were amongst the offerings available for one €2 token each. The traditional accompaniments of curry sauce and mayonnaise were available, but optional. The queue for lunch from the kitchen The theatre took up the right side of the building, but to get there from the main hall you needed to pass down one of two corridors, both lined with more free-play pinballs. At the back of the building were six older solid-state games including Wizard!, Bally Star Trek and Black Pyramid, most of which were sadly not playable due to having no credits or not being unfolded. Machines at the back of the building The corridor at the front also had a couple of unplayable titles amongst the ten machines, but overall provided an enjoyable distraction for those people travelling to and from the theatre. Machines in the front corridor In total we counted 111 free-play machines at the DPO Expo. Here they are: Free-Play Machine List AC/DC Back in Black LE Addams Family, The Algar Amigo Apollo 13 Attack from Mars Austin Powers Avatar Barracora* Baywatch Big Hurt, Frank Thomas’s Big Lebowski, The Big Lebowski, The Big Lebowski, The Big Lebowski, The Big Lebowski, The* Black Pyramid* Bobby Orr Power Play Bride of Pinbot 2.0 Car Hop Centaur Champion Pub, The Charlie’s Angels Cirqus Voltaire Comet Corvette Dealers Choice Dr. Dude Flash* Flintstones, The Full Throttle Full Throttle Game of Thrones Pro Getaway, The: High Speed 2 Getaway, The: High Speed 2 Gilligan’s Island Gold Wings Gorgar* Grand Lizard Grand Prix Guns n’ Roses Hardbody* Harlem Globetrotters Hot Shots* Indiana Jones (Stern) Indiana Jones (WMS) Judge Dredd Junkyard Jurassic Park: The Lost World Kiss (Bally)* Kiss Pro Lady Luck Lethal Weapon 3 Mata Hari Matrix, The Medieval Madness Remake Monte Carlo Motordome NBA Fastbreak Nugent Operation Thunder Operation Thunder Orbitor 1 Pirates of the Caribbean Pirates of the Caribbean Playboy Playboy (Bally) Police Force Pool Sharks Punchy the Clown Ready …Aim …Fire! Roadshow Roadshow Robo War Robocop Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends Rollergames Scared Stiff Secret Service Secret Service Silver Slugger Sopranos, The Spring Break Star Trek (Bally)* Star Trek (DE) Star Trek LE (Stern) Star Wars Star Wars Trilogy Starship Troopers Street Fighter 2 Super Mario Bros. Surf ‘n Safari Tales of the Arabian Nights Taxi Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Terminator 2 Terminator 2 Time Machine (DE) Transformers Tri Zone* Twilight Zone Twister Walking Dead Pro, The Waterworld Wheel of Fortune Whirlwind Who Dunnit? Wipe Out Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary, The Wizard! X-Men Wolverine LE Here’s our Nine Minute Tour of DPO Expo 2015. The theatre was home to the six seminar held at the DPO Expo. The seminar schedule Plush, raked seating gave everyone a good view of the seminars The seminar began at 11am on Saturday with Wil Angenent talking about his Medieval Castle project, as seen earlier in the main hall. Will talks about Medieval Castle The game took to the stage too He had it on stage with him as he described why and how he took the code, rules, sounds and display animations for Medieval Madness and created an entirely new playfield layout and artwork package. The seminars were recorded by the NFV and are available as a playlist on YouTube, or you can watch them individually here. We are so used to hearing seminars spoken in English, it was slightly odd to hear Wil’s talk in Dutch, although obviously quite reasonable given our location and the audience. However, the five seminars which followed were all in English, starting at 12:30am with Jean-Paul de Win talking about pinball art in the digital age. J-P de Win Jean-Paul has worked on, or is currently working on, three separate pinball projects from three different manufacturers – The Wizard of Oz and The Hobbit for Jersey Jack Pinball, The Big Lebowski for Dutch Pinball and Timeshock! for Silver Castle Pinball. J-P shows his early designs for The Big Lebowski In his seminar, he spoke about the work he has done for all these games, as well as showing how it developed and the kinds of assets he gets (or doesn’t get) from movie studios when dealing with licensed themes. Then at 1:10pm pinball artist Greg Freres held his talk about his career working in the pinball industry. Greg Freres Greg also talked about the origins and development process for Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons which he and Dennis Nordman created, along with the work he’s doing at Stern Pinball. Greg talks about Whoa Nellie! Greg was one of the two special guests at the DPO Expo, and machines for which he created the artwork were featured in the Classic Tournament. The next seminar was at 2:15pm and starred Jaap Nauta from Dutch Pinball to talk about their The Big Lebowski game. Jaap talks about recent changes to The Big Lebowski Jaap explained about the pre-production machines out on the show floor, and how much work remained before they would be able to start production. Jaap goes through all the events of the past year Dutch Pinball hope to start production of the first The Big Lebowski machines before Christmas, with the majority coming off the line early in the new year. At 3:05pm the second special guest took to the stage to talk about his life in pinball. Roger Sharpe at DPO Expo 2015 Roger has been in the licensing and marketing business for decades, not only for pinball but for video games and slot machines too but his knowledge covers the whole pinball business since the seventies. In this seminar Roger took questions from moderator Jim Jansen as well as the audience. Jim Jansen and Roger The final seminar began later than its scheduled 4:10pm start time due to Roger’s seminar overrunning. It featured Andrew Heighway of Heighway Pinball who was there with two members of his team – Ingvar and Harrie. Andrew with Ingvar and Harrie Andrew began by talking about the new display options available for Full Throttle and future Heighway Pinball titles, including small and large backbox displays. Andrew Heighway He then moved on to the company’s second title – Alien – and how development of that game is progressing, showing the latest artwork and playfield layouts. While the seminars were taking place, qualifying for the main tournament, the Dutch Pinball Open, was under way in a separate building across the courtyard. Inside, twenty pinballs were set up, ranging from the 1982 Warlock to 2008’s Batman. The first four machines in the DPO Players selected six of the twenty machines on which to play a single four-ball game. The back row of DPO machines All the scores on each machine were ranked, with the top score earning 100 ranking points. A player’s total score was the total of their ranking points on all six machines. A ‘soft’ joker was also available which allowed a player to replay one of their six machines to try to improve their score. If the score on the joker game was higher, then it replaced the original score. Otherwise the joker game score was discarded. A queueing system was employed where players put their badges on a peg board so they could wait for their turn. The queueing system When it was their turn, they took the machine number card, slotted it into their badge holder and handed it to an official who kept it until the game was over and the score recorded. This prevented anyone walking away mid-game without recording their score. The badges of the players on the machines Android tablets were used to record the scores, with the scoring system running on a laptop which drove three external displays – two monitors for machine scores, and a projector for overall standings. Players check their scores and current position Here are the twenty machines available for qualifying: DPO Qualifying Machine List Andromeda Batman (Stern) Batman Forever Congo Corvette Creature from the Black Lagoon Demolition Man Dirty Harry Earthshaker! F-14 Tomcat Fish Tales Frankenstein, Mary Shelley’s Funhouse Getaway, The: High Speed 2 Hoops Indianapolis 500 Spider-Man Warlock Whitewater World Cup Soccer Qualifying ran throughout Saturday, from 10am until 9pm. The top 48 players then qualified for Sunday’s play-off rounds, with the next six in reserve places in case of no-shows. The qualification results were published on the DPO website for those who didn’t want to wait around. Here’s the list of the 48 qualifiers: DPO Qualifying Round Pos Name 1 Paul Jongma 2 Taco Wouters 3 Cayle George 4 Albert Nomden 5 Roy Wils 6 Erwin Deutschländer 7 Martijn Van Aken 8 Dirk Klaver 9 Jochen Ludwig 10 Bart Bartholomeus 11 Brenn Oosterbaan 12 Kevin Roelants 13 John Van Der Wulp 14 Martin Ayub 15 Jonas Johansson 16 Sylvain Grévin 17 Peter Blakemore 18 Bart Volman 19 Benjamin Graebeldinger 20 Alain Boulieu 21 Eric Fisher 22 Axel Bouet 23 Olivier Renders 24 John Gimera 25 Franck Bona 26 Jasmijn De Jong 27 Bjorn Brand 28 Eko Elens 29 Eric Andries 30 Jim Lindsay 31 Nils De Kleine 32 Jake Peterson 33 Neil Fellender 34 Timber Engelbeen 35 Ivan Geentjens 36 Michel Van Den Elzen 37 Joachim Reniers 38 Richard Mallett 39 Jasper Van Eeden 40 Dirk Elzholz 41 Mario Kertels 42 Victor Stulemeijer 43 Kirsten Adam 44 Wilbert Der Kinderen 45 Rens Hooijmaijers 46 Norbert Broman 47 Anthony Rorive 48 Vincent Chardome When Sunday rolled around, action in the DPO had moved from the separate building into the theatre for the play-off rounds. The theatre hosted the DPO play-offs The format for the play-offs began with eight rounds of ‘Swiss system’ play. All the matches were single 4-ball games with players paired up, and only who won and who lost recorded. For the first round, the top qualifier played the 48th-placed qualifier, the 2nd-placed played the 47th-placed, and so on. For rounds 2-8 players were paired up so that they faced someone with the same or similar number of match wins. That meant the matches potentially got harder if you kept winning, and easier if you kept losing. Trophies and cash prizes awaited the winners There was some controversy at the start of the play-offs when a road accident prevented several players getting to the venue in time for the 9:30am cut-off. Some arrived late to find they had lost their place, with reserve players who were present on-stage given their place instead. With 48 players in head-to-head matches, 24 machines were needed. They were: DPO Play-Offs Machine List Congo Doctor Who Dracula, Bram Stoker’s Freddy: A Nightmare on Elm Street Getaway, The: High Speed 2 Goldeneye High Speed Iron Man VE Jackbot Johnny Mnemonic Jurassic Park Medieval Madness Monopoly Monster Bash Party Zone, The Scared Stiff Shadow, The Sopranos, The Spider-Man Star Trek: The Next Generation Tales from the Crypt Tommy, The Who’s Tron Whirlwind Although you may think it wouldn’t take too long to play eight two-player games, in reality each round had to wait for all the results from the preceding round to be completed before the pairings could be worked out. As a result, one long game slowed everything down and it took until around 2:40pm for all eight rounds to complete. The DPO play-offs The DPO play-offs Tournament Director, Ad Jonker, enters the latest results Matches and results were shown on the screen using the MatchPlay system The last few matches of the eighth and final round Once all eight rounds had been completed, the four players with the most wins went through to the final. While Cayle George was the clear leader with seven wins out of eight there was, not unsurprisingly, a tie for the remaining places in the final with seven players on six wins. That meant a seven-way shoot-out on a machine chosen at random – Monopoly. Seven players have a shoot-out to decide three places in the final Taco Wouters starts the shoot-out The result saw Taco Wouters, Roy Wils and Michel Rorive go through to the final to join Cayle. DPO Shoot-Out Results Taco Wouters Michel Rorive John van der Wulp Dirk Klaver Jochen Ludwig Roy Wils Dirk Elzholz 15,887,400 9,034,490 5,557,030 7,086,450 4,764,010 10,749,560 3,710,750 And so we reached the culmination of the competitive weekend, the DPO final. The top three (Cayle, Roy and Taco) each chose a machine to play. The choices were Getaway, Jurassic Park and Scared Stiff. The final four: Taco, Cayle, Michel and Roy The winner of each game would earn 4 points, second place would get 2 points, third would receive 1 point, with no points for fourth. The machines for the final The playfield camera is set up to show the first game on the screen Ad sets Getaway to 3-ball play and adjusts the volume With all the equipment adjusted it was time to begin the final, starting with game one; Jurassic Park. Michel starts the final Going into each player’s third and final ball the scores were very close, with Michel on 38M, Roy on 44M, Cayle on 62M and Taco on 30M. However Roy in the player two position had a good multiball and broke away from the pack with his 243M total. Roy playing multiball It proved to be enough to win the game, with Taco moving into second place with 97M, Cayle was third on 78M and Michel fourth on 41M. Then it was on to game two; Scared Stiff. The over-the-shoulder camera showed the playfield and display on the screen Once again Michel began, but he, like all the finalists, didn’t get off to a good start. In fact the highest score from all four on their first ball was Taco’s 1M. Taco begins his first ball of game two There was a brief discussion on ball two of Cayle’s game when the lock unexpectedly kicked out a ball which immediately drained, but it was ruled to be just a part of gameplay and the final continued. A break in the final to check the rules Despite that mishap, Cayle had a good multiball with Double Trouble running followed by Monster Multiball, and won the game with his 32M total. Roy was second with 12M from his multiball modes. Taco was third with 5M and Michel was unable to make his mark and ended on 3M. With the last game to play, the scores were: DPO Final Scores After 2 Games Roy Wils 4 + 2 = 6 Cayle George 1 + 4 = 5 Taco Wouters 2 + 1 = 3 Michel Rorive 0 + 0 = 0 Greg and Roger were in the audience watching the final So Roy, Cayle and Taco could still win if the other players’ positions worked out right. Cayle began on Getaway. Cayle starts the last game of the final Things didn’t go so well though, as Cayle ended ball one on 6M. Michel was second to play. Michel is player two His first ball was only slightly better, racking up 10M points. Then came Roy. Roy in the player three position He made a more respectable 71M on ball one, leaving Taco to see what he could do. Taco is player four His 19M ball one score put him into second place, but it was still wide open for someone to storm ahead. Cayle got into his game a little more on his second ball to end on 44M, as did Michel who crept ahead of Roy with his 80M. But it was Roy who really got things going with his second ball total of 270M. Taco responded and came remarkably close to Roy, ending his second ball with 261M. Cayle needed a great last ball to be in contention for the win, but it didn’t happen for him and his 53M condemned him to fourth place in the game. Michel had a similar fate, only adding 4M to his 80M score. At this point Roy had mathematically won, with a guaranteed 8 points and a possible 10 if he won. Taco only had 3 points, but if he won he would ease past Cayle’s 6 points to take second overall. Roy only added 11M to his score on his final ball, ending on 281M. Could Taco add another 20M to take second? One 26M video mode later and it was all over So Taco won game three, Roy was second, Michel got his first point in third, and Cayle ended up in fourth. That made the overall scores and position as follows: DPO Final Scores 1 Roy Wils 4 + 2 + 2 = 8 2 Taco Wouters 2 + 1 + 4 = 7 3 Cayle George 1 + 4 + 0 = 5 4 Michel Rorive 0 + 0 + 1 = 1 Soon after, the presentations were made by Roger and Greg. Winner of the DPO 2015, Roy Wils Second place, Taco Wouters Third place, Cayle George The top three in the DPO 2015 DPO Final Results Pos Name 1 Roy Wils 2 Taco Wouters 3 Cayle George 4 Michel Rorive 5 Dirk Klaver 6 Jochen Ludwig 7 John van der Wulp 8 Dirk Elzholz 9 Martijn van Aken 10 Bart Bartholomeus 11 Kevin Roelants 12 Martin Ayub 13 Axel Bouet 14 John Gimera 15 Eric Andries 16 Ivan Geentjens 17 Kirsten Adam 18 Vincent Chardome 19 Paul Jongma 20 Albert Nomden 21 Erwin Deutschländer 22 Sylvain Grévin 23 Peter Blakemore 24 Alain Boulieu 25 Olivier Renders 26 Jake Peterson 27 Victor Stulemeijer 28 Norbert Broman 29 Anthony Rorive 30 Bas Vis 31 Ivan Miles 32 Brenn Oosterbaan 33 Jonas Johansson 34 Eric Fisher 35 Eko Elens 36 Jim Lindsay 37 Nils de Kleine 38 Neil Fellender 39 Timber Engelbeen 40 Richard Mallett 41 Lieven Engelbeen 42 Bart Volman 43 Joachim Reniers 44 Jasper van Eeden 45 Wilbert der Kinderen 46 Rens Hooijmaijers 47 Bjorn Brand 48 Jasmijn de Jong 49 Benjamin Gräbeldinger 50 Franck Bona 51 Michel van de Elzen 52 Mario Kertels 53 Pieter van Leijen 54 Ralph Beckers 54 Erik de Jong 56 Jaap Valent 57 Greg Mott 58 Stefan Toonders 59 Ronald Oenema 60 Rob Overdijk 61 Joost Leerentveld 62 Koen Heltzel 63 Arco van Geest 64 Albert Medaillon 65 Bas van Doorn 66 Laurence Boulieu 67 Dave van den Akker 67 Matt Vince 69 Gerard Poelwijk 70 Patrice Luwel 71 Didier Dujardin 73 Barry Hoeben 73 Phillipe Bocquet 73 Helen de Haan-Verbeek 75 Remco Broman 76 Alex Reihle 77 Tobias Wagemann 77 Sörn Weiss 79 Stephane Swaenepoel 79 Stefan Herold 82 Steven van der Staaij 82 Tommy Machado 82 John van Haaften 84 Ynze van den Broek 85 Glenn Verhoosele 86 Jos Deboosere 87 Tom Loomans 88 Edwin Nijs 90 Heinz Baumann 90 Justin Walker 90 Peter Muis 92 Andy Ball 93 Jim Jansen 94 David Mainwaring 95 Arjan Neet 96 Theo Maas 96 Ronald Klappe 98 Jacob Torsten 99 Marcel Diks 100 Jan Poland 101 Jules Reivers 102 Robin Struyf 103 Peter Roos 104 Robert van Dam 105 Dennis Slagboom 105 Claudia Chelius 107 Stefan Judmann 108 Roger Sharpe 109 Patrick Struwer 110 Lutz Hammer 111 Tom Vis 112 Rob Fransen 113 Peter Brand 114 Vincent Hendrikx 115 Dina Fukson 115 Mark van der Gugten 117 Wijnco van Helden 118 Jörg Multhaupt 119 Florian Thomas 120 Peter van Vliet 121 Ben Zaad 121 Ron Meiresonne 123 Hans Bijsterveld 123 Stefan Poland 125 Jerome Costenoble 126 Antonio van der Heijden 127 Mark Heneda 128 Barry Driessen 129 Niels van Uden 130 Anne Sonnemans 131 Tom Erland Ullerlien 132 Enrico Douwens 132 Frederick Perignon 134 Owen Richards 135 Tim Kreukels 135 Daniela Oymann 137 Marco van Swelm 138 Merlijn Vink 139 Tom-Erik Johansen 139 Steven Demets 141 Jean Paul de Win 142 Adam Bona 143 Patrick Monseu 143 Mario Vandermeulen 145 Gerard Vos 146 Billy van de Ven 147 Victor Machart 148 Hendrik Morskate 149 Robert Schilder 151 Roddy Branderhorst 151 Rainer Gliem 151 Erol Saydam 153 Jesse van Iersel 154 Jeroen Dekker 155 Rolf Bakermans 156 Tom Thobe 157 Babs Negelen 158 Kevin Sultana 159 Joris van Neijenhof 160 Pelle Gerritsen 161 Robin Koning But the DPO was certainly not the only tournament taking place at the DPO Expo. The Classic Tournament was held in the main hall on six machines featuring artwork by Greg Freres. They were: Classic Tournament Machine List Dr. Dude Elvira & The Party Monsters Fathom Harlem Globetrotters Vector Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons Play in the Classic Tournament Players could buy unlimited entries at €3 a time, with each entry giving one game on three of the six machines. Scores were then ranked and the combined ranking points across all three game the player their overall score and position. Only a player’s highest scoring entry counted. The Classic Tournament ran from the opening of the event on Saturday morning until around 4pm on Sunday. There was no play-off, so whoever had the highest position when the event ended was the winner. With scores of 737,620 on Harlem Globetrotters, 1,748,210 on Fathom and 2,424,050 on Vector in a single entry, the winner was Franck Bona. In second place was DPO finalist Cayle George, while in third was fellow finalist Roy Wils. They received their awards from Roger and Greg. Winner of the DPO Expo Classic Tournament, Franck Bona Second place, Cayle George Third place, Roy Wils The top three in the Classic Tournament The results we have are a little confused, with many names repeated and a number of different spellings of the same person’s name. So we’ve done our best to produce a cleaner list until the official results have been declared. DPO Classic Tournament Results 1 Franck Bona 2 Cayle George 3 Roy Wils 4 Philippe Bocquet 5 Mark Van Der Gugten 6 Jonas Johansson 6 Taco Wouters 8 Dirk Elzholz 9 Udo Schuieta 10 Paul Jongma 11 Peter Blakemore 12 Rob Overdijk 13 John Van Der Wulp 14 Richard Mallet 15 Bas Van Doorn 16 Heinz Baumam 17 Stefan Herold 18 Lutz Hammer 19 Ivan Miles 20 Greg Mott 21 Kirsten Adam 22 Martin Ayub 23 Jim Lindsay 24 David Mainwaring 25 Olivier France 26 Matt Vince 27 Alain Boulieu 28 Marcel Van Den Boogert 29 Victor Stulemijer 30 Rich Mallet 31 Jake Peterson 32 Albert Medaillion 33 J.P. De Win 33 Benjamin Grobeldinger 35 Helen De Haan 35 Erwin Deutschlander 37 Rainer Gliem 38 William Der Kinderen 39 Peter Bracke 40 Stefan Judmann 41 Marten Bangma 42 Bas Vis 43 Jörg Multhaupt 44 Olivier Renders 45 Andrew Moskos 46 Peter Roos 47 Kevin Soltana 48 Jan Izaks 48 Mario Kertels 50 Gerard Vos 50 Heinz Bauman 52 Mark Heneka 53 Jochen Ludwig 53 Peter Schotvanger 55 Wilbert Der Kinderen 56 Martijn Van Maurik 57 Nano Tellerger 58 Laurence Boulieu 58 Dave Vd Akker 60 Arco V Geest 60 Erol Saydam 62 Eric Hetem 63 Marcel Diks 64 Peter Bracke 64 Marcel Visser 66 Ronald Klappe 66 Jeroen Wieringa 68 Wilko Wieffering 68 Helen De Haan-Verbeek 70 Marcel Van De Boogert 71 Herman Rohse 71 Gregg Treres 73 Patrice Luwel 73 Roger Sharpe 75 Robin Van Maurik 75 Glenn Verkoosele 77 Justin Walker 78 Jefrey Reinhardt 78 Jeroen Dekker 78 Mirko Carton 81 Norbert Broman 82 Neil Fellender 83 Ricard Vd Zijl De Jong 84 Pieter Van Dam 85 Boris Tellgegen 86 Didier Diyardi 87 Kevin Sultana 88 Marlijn 89 Florian Thomas 90 Thomas Mici 91 Remco Broman 92 Thomas Florian 93 Mahmut Seridag 94 Ronald Barrow 94 Daniella Oymann 96 Marijke Kool 97 Maurice Van Erser 98 Eric Fisher 99 Andy Ball 99 Mathieu Eulink 101 Gerard Poeldijk 102 Jasmijn De Jong 103 Dennis Aarts 104 Denise Clemens 105 Tom-Erik Johansen 106 R. Essed 107 Herman Kalse 107 Gert Aaarts 107 Thomas Van Clapdorp 110 Alex Wacker 111 Stephane Swaenepoee 112 Simon Picoo 113 Michel Roride 114 Lawrence Boulieu 115 Robin Koning 116 Paola 117 Kim Van Geest 117 Ynze Van Den Broek 117 Tommy Machado 117 Nils De Kleine 117 Ruud Wacker 117 Roberrt Van Dam 117 Erik Smit 117 Jan-Willem Veldhuis 117 Owen Richards 117 Mario Groenewold 117 Mark Heine 117 Jaap Valent 117 Steven Demets 117 Tom Erland Villeruien 117 Quint Van Kessel 117 Daniela Oymann 117 Edwin Rooijens 117 Adriaan Van Roeden 117 Sander Feys 117 Wouter Olde- Keizer To thank them for being the special guests at the DPO Expo, Roger and Greg were given special presents by the organisers. Roger and Greg with their clogs There were also three divisions of tournaments for younger players. These tournaments were free to enter. By the time the presentations were made many of the award winner had already left, but here are the results with pictures of those who remained to collect their trophies. DPO Kids Tournament Results Pos Name 1 Paul Elwert 2 Tye van den Elzen 3 Simon Piloo Second place, Tye ven den Elzen DPO Junior Tournament Results Pos Name 1 Joren Engelbeen 2 Annika van de Broek 3 Lotte van Wonterghem Winner, Joren Engelbeen Third place, Lotte van Wonterghem DPO Youth Tournament Results Pos Name 1 Thomas van Clapdorp 2 Korben van Wonterghem 3 Lefman Kan Winner, Thomas van Clapdorp Second place, Korben Van Wonterghem Third place, Lefman Kan A Women’s Tournament was held in the DPO qualifying room on Sunday afternoon while the DPO play-offs were taking place in the theatre. Entry to this cost €7.50 with prizes awarded to the top three. Sixteen players took part in this tournament. The Women’s Tournament The winner was Helen de Haan-Verbeek, with Jasmijn de Jong in second place and Nanny Speetjens in third. Winner of the Women’s Tournament, Helen de Haan-Verbeek Second place, Jasmijn de Jong Third place, Nanny Speetjens DPO Women’s Tournament Results 1 Helen de Haan-Verbeek 2 Jasmijn de Jong 3 Nanny Speetjens 4 Annemarie Piloo 5 Dina Fukson 6 Sonja van den Heuvel 7 Laurence Boulieu 8 Kyoo Barbaix 9 Isabel van Schil 9 Sandra van Hees 11 Claudine Jansen 12 June Kim 13 Arline Speetjens 14 Babs Negelen 15 Rani Agustiani 15 Linda Schellen The final competitive event was the Team Tournament which was held on Saturday night from 6pm onwards. Twelve teams registered, paid their €25 entry fee, and were were split into three groups of four. The teams were: Group A Dutch Pinball Team Filthy Harold Team Dutch Pinball Saarland Group B Pinball DNA Pinball Squad SA De Knikker Shoot Again Group C The Pingods Team Belgium Team Visioen Spark Each team played a match against the other three teams in their group, where a match consists of four games of split-flipper play and one head-to-head game where each player plays on ball of a 4-ball game for their team. Points were awarded for winning the split-flipper and the 4-ball game. When all the matches were played, the two teams with the most points in each group continued to the semi-finals to play against one other team from a different group. The three winners of those semi-finals moved on to the final which was played with the same format. The eventual winners were Team Belgium, with Saarland in second and Pinball Squad in third. Winners of the Team Tournament, Team Belgium Second place, Saarland Third place, Pinball Squad The final presentations went to the key organisers and helpers at the DPO Expo. They received bouquets of flowers, while Andrew Heighway presented a signed Full Throttle backglass to NFV secretary, Rens Hooijmaijers. Flowers to the organisers Andrew presents the signed backglass to Rens All of which brings us to the end of this DPO Expo 2015 report. The DPO Expo continues to be one of Europe’s main pinball events, and the emergence of pinball manufacturers in the Netherlands only continues to strengthen that position. As with several of the larger shows held in 2015, there was a certain sense that the DPO Expo was very similar to last year. To a great extent this is because many of those companies who announced new games or showed them in prototype form in 2014 are yet to put their games into production and can only show a very similar prototype and talk about their plans for 2016. The main hall Apart from the different special guests this year, the main area of change was in the tournament from which the DPO Expo derives its name. It’s difficult to get a system which appeals to everyone, but for us the qualifying round took up just enough of our day to allow us to attend all the seminars and play lots of machines – old and brand new – in the free-play area. For the pure tournament players though who have no interest in seminars, buying parts from vendors, or trying out the latest titles, only playing six machines (plus a joker) might be seen as a deterrent to attending. The play-offs changed from the familiar double-elimination format to use the Swiss system instead. This was a double-edged sword. The big advantage was that everyone got to play a full eight rounds of play-offs, with the downside being those who lost a number of games early on then had no possibility of making it to the final four and were purely playing for the lower positions. The DPO play-offs on Sunday On the whole though we liked the tournament format it as it included a decent number of games to play but didn’t consume our entire weekend. Competition to attract pinball fans to your event is getting tougher, not because of the lack of enthusiasts and players, but because more events are appearing in the diary and larger numbers of people are travelling to longer distances to attend them. The DPO Expo continues to draw the crowds, with the organisers telling Pinball News that they had even more visitors this year than last. We’re certainly looking forward to returning in 2016 for another attempt to win one of those trophies.